Palestrina published the Offertoria totius anni secundum Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae consuetudinem in 1593. It’s one of the last of his publications and also one of the most important. It contains sixty-eight motets to be sung at the Offertory of the Mass. (The offertory is the part of the Mass when the bread and wine are placed on the altar). In Rome during Palestrina’s time the Offertory as one of the most important points in the Mass was accompanied by a motet. Which is why Palestrina composed and published Offertory motets for the entire liturgical year. They’re very beautiful and are ‘pure Palestrina’ because when he was writing these Offertoria Palestrina decided to compose original melodies for them rather than taking the chant as cantus firmus. This was very daring and created quite a stir. They’re very restrained and balanced with a sense of poise and quiet joy that grows upon you the more you hear them. I’ll be posting more of them from time to time. Enjoy :-).